Biography/Memoir

America’s exit drugs

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, and former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director and recently named “Science Advisor to the President,” Dr. Francis S. Collins recognized in 2017, America’s gateway drugs are pharmaceutical opiods. With millions of Americans struggling with opioid use disorder and thousands overdosing on fentanyl every year,…

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Science

…fentanyl overdoses…

Just a quarter of a milligram – 0.25 milligrams – can kill you. For a sense of just how little that is, a typical baby aspirin tablet is 81 mg. If you cut that tablet into 324 pieces, one of those pieces would be equal to a quarter-milligram. In the year ending in April 2019,…

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Politics

[In Texas]… order designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations

Governor… announced new efforts state leaders would take… as nearly 1,700 deaths involving fentanyl were reported in the state in 2021. Austin, Texas, also installed its first Narcan vending machine last month, providing 24/7 access… Original Article (KXAN):Gov… issues order designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizationsArtwork Fair Use: Public Domain

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Biography/Memoir

…opioid settlement funds… Oregon communities

Approximately five Oregonians die every week from an opioid overdose. Currently, funds from the settlements will be divided amongst local governments and the state, with the latter receiving a smaller portion at 45%. This wasn’t always the case. The state originally intended to keep 85% to have more centralized control, but Lane and other counties…

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Biography/Memoir

Sacklers… hear from opioid victims live…

On Thursday [3/10/2022], speakers are likely to make “unbelievably searing, difficult” statements, Marshall Huebner, an attorney for Purdue, said in a related hearing the day before. The court-appointed mediator requested that no member of the Sackler family be allowed to respond to comments made by victims during the hearing. It’s slated to begin at 10…

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Science

Synthetic opioids stronger than fentanyl have cropped up in US

A group of synthetic opioids called nitazenes, even more powerful than fentanyl in some of its forms, has begun to emerge… Forensic experts have found that the syringes used in some overdoses contain a potent synthetic opioid class – nitazenes – which is up to 20 times more powerful than fentanyl – a drug that…

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Biography/Memoir

Oregon… opioid settlements

The agreement – and the prior bankruptcy plan – also does not release the Sackler family from potential future criminal liability, said Oregon’s Department of Justice… It also requires the Sackler family to make a statement of regret and allow museums and other institutions to remove the Sackler name from buildings and scholarships. “Purdue Pharma’s…

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